This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
Organizers of Wednesday’s May Day marches in Seattle were hoping — really hoping — that the usual black-clad, rock-throwing morons wouldn’t steal the show from them this year as they did last year.
No such luck. As happened on May Day last year, thousands of people walked through the streets in peaceful demonstrations for immigration reform, same-sex marriage and other liberal causes.
Then came that sinking feeling. Late in the day, the masked punks crawled out from under their logs to assault police officers and smash things.
Sorry, law-abiding demonstrators. There’s only so much space in the newspaper and only so much time on the evening news. An attempted riot will upstage decent people carrying signs every time. The public would scream if the media downplayed orchestrated violence in the state’s largest city.
The street thugs claim to be anarchists. But they are best compared with the Westboro Baptist Church, another collection of vicious ranters who leverage their minuscule numbers by parasitizing high-profile events organized by serious people.
Say this for the actual Westboro Baptists, though: They don’t throw actual rocks at human beings.
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